The new interpretative artworks which will be installed at the three new fish pass sites along the Almond are beginning to take shape. Artists Annie Lord and Morvern Odling began the second stage of their collaborative works with local community members, continuing their series of artistic workshops and returning to the Livingston Old Parish Kirk to explore the magic of Cyanotype printmaking.

 

Directly drawing inspiration from the artworks and ideas produced on the Explorer Walks series, Annie and Morvern brought participants together to develop new artwork through a process using light sensitive paper.

Cyanotypes are the earliest form of photography; developed in 1842 this was mankind’s first foray into using light to create prints using light reactive chemicals. The beautiful deep blue which the chemical turns when exposed to light can be used to create many different effects, and the workshop shared a variety of techniques for translating images into prints.

 

Though everyone in the workshops had different levels of artistic experience, the intuitive nature of creating artworks for cyanotypes and the form of the session was such that everyone created beautiful pieces of artwork. The works have a watery quality, there is a sense of depth and of things appearing out of the darkness in the river. These aspects work particularly  well for the natural forms and patterns of fish and other creatures which call it home.

 

Having now created a series of works inspired by the natural heritage of the Almond river the next step will be to look at the human influence upon the river. Morvern and Annie will be running another two sessions on the 30th of November which will take inspiration from the industrial heritage of the Almond and the structures and changes which people have brought to the river.

 

These workshops are free and you can find out more and book tickets through Eventbrite 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/riverlife-explorer-workshop-photographic-printing-afternoon-session-tickets-81341010151?aff=ebdssbeac